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Storytelling as Action
February, 2014

Tess Landon

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Addressing genocide in Darfur, Sudan

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At least 400,000 civilians have been killed and over 2,000,000 people made homeless.

The DARFUR/DARFUR exhibition was created to depict the crisis that has made these numbers a reality. Through a series of multi-panel, exterior, wall-sized projections, DARFUR/DARFUR places the brutal realities faced in Darfur in context with the region’s vibrant culture and people. The human face of the continuing atrocities persists in inciting international support for the prevention of further destruction of life.

DARFUR/DARFUR features the photography of Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, Mark Brecke, Helene Caux, Ron Haviv, James Nachtwey, Paolo Pellegrin, Michal Ronnen Safdie, Ryan Spencer Reed, and Brian Steidle. The project is accompanied by the music of Abdel Gadir Salim, Brett Fuchs, Rasha, Khalifa Ould Eide, and Dimi Mint Abba.

Launched in New York in September 2006, the exhibition has since been seen in over 35 museums and cultural centers around the world, including Paris, New York, Berlin, Milan, Istanbul, Chicago, and Montreal. Each installation shown in each city is necessarily unique, as the over 150 images that comprise the exhibition must interact with the surrounding architecture, screens, and neighborhoods of the hosting institution. Live performances by such musicians as cellist Yo-Yo Ma have accompanied the exhibition’s images, while partnerships with the Save Darfur Coalition, Human Rights Watch, Oxfam, the American Refugee Committee (ARC), and other humanitarian and advocacy groups have allowed viewers around the world to take action against genocide.

DARFUR/DARFUR: Life/War, a companion book to the exhibition, provides readers an opportunity to further explore the narrative of the war in eastern Sudan and western Chad and to realize its impact on civilian life. Published by Melcher Media, the book features an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power.

A print-on-fabric exhibition of 30 of the images from the DARFUR/DARFUR collection is also available for installation and touring. Please email us at info@artworksprojects.org for information about scheduling installations.

DARFUR/DARFUR is generously supported in part by Humanity United.

Other Links:
www.savedarfur.org
Darfur/Darfur: Life/War, find the book here: http://darfurdarfur.melcher.com/

 
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